Review: Paul John Christmas Edition 2021

Paul John’s Christmas Edition 2021 is upon us, an exotic peated single malt whisky produced in Goa, India, aged in ex-bourbon barrels and “finished in a mélange of Port and Madeira casks.” As always, the whisky is made from six-row barley instead of the more typical two-row, non chill-filtered and with no added colors or…

Review: Simi 2019 Pinot Noir and 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Sonoma’s Simi bottles a range of whites and reds, sourced from vineyards throughout Sonoma County. Here’s a look at two of the winery’s more widely available bottlings. 2019 Simi Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Instantly weird — though not corked — and hard to shake. Notes of mint chip ice cream, strawberry soda, and…

Review: Casa Noble Reposado Tequila (2021)

The iconic, squat, Gaudi-esque bottle is out. In its place, a more traditional — but still striking — taller decanter, as Casa Noble relaunches its brand. And what’s inside the bottles has also changed: The new liquid being “more refined” and “reimagined,” though the tequila remains 100% blue agave and CCOF Certified Organic. We received…

Book Review: Wines and Vineyards of Burgundy

Everyone wine lover needs one shelf full of thick books about wine, and fans of France’s best region — depending on who you ask — won’t do much better than Camillo Favaro and Giampaolo Gravina’s Wines and Vineyards of Burgundy on that front. This dense and extensive tome — over 500 pages in length — is…

Review: Michter’s Single Barrel Straight Rye 10 Years Old and US-1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon 2021

The limited releases just kept on coming this year from Michter’s. Hot on the heels of the 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon and the Barrel Strength Rye, shelves were stocked, however briefly, with the newest 10 Year Old Single Barrel Rye and the eagerly anticipated return of US-1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon. Michter’s fans…

Review: 2020 Licence IV Rouge

A few months ago, Anine had the opportunity to sample Blanc and Rosé wines from Licence IV. Now we are fortunate enough to give its sibling Rouge blend a spin. A Grenache (85%) and Syrah (15%) blend from Valréas in the Southern Rhône, it is currently available in 1-liter bottles, and will be available in…

Review: Luxardo Limoncello

Everyone should have a bottle of limoncello in the house, because you simply never know when you’re going to need it — either as a digestif or for the random recipe. Luxardo’s Limoncello is a fairly middle of the road expression of the classic Italian liqueur, a light but hazy yellow in color. The nose…

Review: KO Distilling Distiller’s Reserve Rye Bottled-in-Bond and Bare Knuckle Cask Strength High Rye Bourbon

As fall kicked off this year, KO Distillery in Manassas, Virginia announced the release of two new expressions, both of which are meant to satisfy whiskey-drinkers’ growing love of rye (or so says the press release). First up is Distiller’s Reserve Bottled-in-Bond Rye, the follow on to last year’s Distiller’s Reserve Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon made from 100%…